Jason Hehir’s HBO documentary called ‘Andre the Giant’ premiered last Tuesday and it unveiled a completely different side of the legend. André René Roussimoff (1946-1993) was known to the world as André the Giant, a French-born international wrestling superstar, actor, and unofficially carried the title of “the greatest drunk on Earth”. However, the documentary reveals that he drank because he was in pain as Roussimoff denied treatment for fear that it would change his body on which he built his entire career on. André weighed 520 lb and was 7 ft 4 in tall and suffered from acromegaly, or “giantism”.


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Wrestling legends Vince McMahon, Hulk Hogan, and Ric Flair,  actors Robin Wright and Billy Crystal, as well as André’s family and friends, offer a unique insight into the legend’s life. From personal emotional struggles to dangerous farts, the documentary shows different aspects of the unique person that André was, a man who couldn’t find comfort in the world that was not made for him. It’s a small wonder that people were quick to express their feelings on the documentary, so scroll down below to read them.

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This hand belongs to Andre the Giant and here he’s he’s holding a regular sized beer can, despite it looking tiny

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André the Giant (1946-1993) was a French-born international wrestling superstar and actor

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He weighed 520 lb, was 7 ft 4 in tall and suffered from acromegaly, or “giantism”

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While he was the first international wrestling superstar

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And actor who played Fezzik in “The Princess Bride”

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André also had his own struggles, from being in pain to suffering public ridicule, as well as hardly ever fitting in

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All while in pain André refused treatment saying that it would change his physical body, on which he built his entire career on

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Last Tuesday HBO released a documentary that unveils a lot of the unknown facts about the wrestling legend

And many were quick to react to it